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Sanborn Maps

  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
    Block-by-block outlines of buildings located on a given street at a specific time. Our online holdings date from 1894-1950.

    Sanborn Maps are also available in print at the Research Center (use blue callslips).

    This resource is only available on-site in the Research Center.

Ward Maps

We have ward maps from 1837 (six wards) to 1970 (fifty wards). For current wards and aldermen, see the City of Chicago's site


About the Map Collection

Holdings consist of more than 10,000 maps and atlases with a focus on Chicago and Illinois. The collection includes fire insurance maps and maps showing specialized areas, such as parks, transportation, and the world’s fairs.

Search for maps in ARCHIE, our catalog, or ask for the Maps binder at the Reference desk for a chronological and alphabetical list. Use blue callslips to page maps, writing down the category of the map as well as its number.


Maps in the Research Center

J.S. Wright, Survey Map of Chicago, 1834

Rees & Rucker, Map of Chicago and Vicinity, 1849

James H. Rees, Map of Cook & Adjacent Counties, 1851

Map of Chicago Fire, 1871

H.R. Page & Co., Map of Chicago, 1879

Dobson & Waite, Railway Map of Chicago, 1879

Blanchard, Historic Map of Illinois, 1883

Rand, McNally & Co., City of Chicago, 1886 (Haymarket Riot)

Map of the Union Stockyards of Chicago, 1891

Montgomery Ward & Co., Map of Chicago w/ World’s Columbian Expo, 1893

Rand McNally & Co., Map of Chicago with New Street Number Guide, 1910

Cram’s, Map of Chicago and Suburbs, 1921

Ross & Browne, Real Estate Map of Chicago, 1928

Chicago Tribune, Map of Chicago with Century of Progress, 1934


Historical Maps

Historical maps by community name and by category.

Current community maps via the City of Chicago.

Other Map Sources


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